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10 Signature Cocktails From U.S. Colleges

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Many students believe that a college is a place of limitless homework, research, and dissertations. However, not all of them load students with writing assignments but allow them to unwind at parties in honor of Halloween, New Year, or any other holiday.

For example, colleges prepare signature drinks, candy bars, buffets, and contests. If you manage to visit any other state on the Student Exchange program, be sure to try their signature cocktails!

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1. The Yellowhammer - Highlands College Signature Drink

A glass of Highlands College signature drink "The Yellowhammer"

Highlands College is renowned for its soccer games and signature drink, preparing specifically for the event. Football teams treat their fans with a Yellowhammer cocktail - this drink was named after the bright yellow state bird.

In one game, bartenders sell about 1,000 Yellowhammer fruit rums. To prevent the drink from being used only during football championships, Highlands College developed an advertising slogan, "Make the Best Campus Party With Yellowhammer."

So if you want to get to know new students better or celebrate a successfully closed session with Yellowhammer, the evening will be unforgettable. The cocktail tastes sweet, fruity, refreshing, and delicious.

The main ingredients are pineapple and orange juice, malibu, rum, and vodka. Ice is added to the cocktail and garnished with cherries.

Get the recipe here.

2. Duck Fart - University of Alaska Fairbanks Signature Drink

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The University of Alaska Fairbanks was originally founded under the name Alaskan Agricultural College and a Mountain School. It was in that period that the Duck Fart Shot cocktail was born. Please don't rush to judge the drink by its name! Students of this university go crazy with the combination of Kahlua, Bailey's Irish cream, and Crown Royal whiskey. 

There are many legends about how the cocktail was born, and one of them says that college bartenders mixed different cocktail recipes on a festive night in honor of admission. 

Mixing the ingredients above, the students drank a couple of sips and realized that this was the most bright cocktail - and this is how the name Duck Fart Shot came about.

The multi-layered "Duck Fart Shot" has an explosive yet pleasant taste. The aroma of the drink is pleasant, and the ingredients go well with each other. If you are a thrill-seeker, this cocktail is for you!

Get the recipe here.

3. Tequila Sunrise - Prescott College Signature Drink

Glasses of tequila sunrise with cherries and oranges on a wooden surface

The history of the creation of this drink is simple: one of the guests relaxing at the posh Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix and asked the bartender Gene Sulit to make an unusual cocktail, which he had never met before. Sulit created a signature drink called Tequila Sunrise. For a long time, the author kept the cocktail recipe secret.

However, curious Prescott College students pursuing vivid sensations by mixing different ingredients came up with the desired result.

The cocktail consists of a concoction of crème de cassis, tequila, lime, and soda water. The heaviest element, crème de cassis, sinks to the bottom of the glass. Lighter components rise to the top and create a sunrise effect.

During the holidays today, students use grenadine instead of original cassis and orange juice instead of lime, but the taste is delicious.

Get the recipe here.

4. Kansas City Ice Water - Columbia College Signature Drink

Glasses of Kansan Ice Water in a black wooden surface

At Columbia College, this drink is in demand and loved because the citrus ingredients can tone up the stronger flavors of gin and tonic. Kansas City Ice Water is a signature cocktail that consists of vodka, gin, ice, and citrus fruits - orange, lime, or lemon. This triple shot invigorates well. 

Therefore, Matthew Allen, former Columbia College professor who currently works as a research writer at, notes that students who drink it will have a long time of fun and advises postponing essential matters, as they will have a headache the following day. This cocktail is perfect for the New Year holidays because it will not let you fall asleep!

Get the recipe here.

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5. Bloody Mary - North Arkansas College Signature Drink

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Bloody Mary is a real hit in North Arkansas College. It is believed that this cocktail is named in honor of the first English queen, an ardent Catholic - Mary I Tudor. She committed ruthless reprisals against Protestants, for which she received the nickname, Bloody Mary.

However, the cocktail is trendy in North Arkansas College because the tomato culture flourishes there. The cocktail is trendy at the Pink Tomato Festival, running for over 60 years. Also, a cocktail is indispensable during Halloween - during the holiday, students drink about 1000 liters of tomato juice.

Bloody Mary is prepared by mixing vodka and tomato juice. In modern integration, bartenders add hot sauce, celery stalks, lemons, pickled green beans, and olives.

Get the recipe here.

6. Colorado Bulldog - Colorado College Signature Drink

Glasses of Colorado bulldog in a dark background

The coffee culture is thriving in Colorado. So college students consider Colorado Bulldog the state's signature drink and prepare it during basketball or football competitions.

There is speculation that the cocktail came to us from Russian students who came to college for research. The bartenders use coffee liqueur as a base; additional ingredients are cream, vodka, and ice. Some bartenders add soda and cream to make the drink fizzy in the mouth - coffee liqueur adds sweetness, and vodka makes the drink spicy.

Get the recipe here.

7. The Yale Cocktail - Yale University Signature Drink

A glass of Yale cocktail with a lime wheel

Many schools in the Ivy League prepare signature drinks - Yale has created the most straightforward yet tastiest drink that has been around for over 50 years.

The main ingredients are dry gin, Crème Yvette, maraschino liqueur, dry vermouth, and orange bitters. The cocktail has blue or purple hues, and the drink has a floral scent and a sweet taste.

Get the recipe here.

8. Du Pont Hotel Cocktail - Delaware Technical Community Signature Drink

A glass of Du Pont cocktail on a tiled surface

In 1913, Wilmington's Hotel du Pont opened, which surpassed all hotels globally in interior design and capabilities. In the first days after opening, the hotel was visited by more than 25,000 people. A unique feature was the Renaissance decor, and the signature drinks Du Pont Hotel Cocktail were a unique feature. 

Today the cocktail is most famous at Delaware Technical Community College. Students believe the drink is a good cure for colds, and even during COVID-19, you will feel the taste. The cocktail consists of brandy, dry sherry, Angostura bitters, and an orange twist.

Get the recipe here.

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9. Gatorade Margarita - University of Florida Signature Drink

Glasses of Gatorade margaritas with mint leaves and orange rind

Any University of Florida student, faculty member, or graduate will be familiar with the famous sports drink invented at the school and named after the football team's mascot: Gator. The cocktail consists of salt, a handful of ice, tequila, lime juice, and blue Gatorade (or orange).

Get the recipe here.

10. Mint Julep - Kentucky State University Signature Drink

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Mint Julep has existed for over 200 years. However, it was not until 1938 that the cocktail became the official drink of the Kentucky Derby - a horse race featuring the finest riders in the southern states of the United States.

For two days of the competition, spectators drink about 120 thousand cocktail portions. Moreover, Kentucky State University conducts master classes to prepare this cocktail - of course, under the supervision of teachers.

In this cocktail, the spicy bourbon flavor is ideally combined with the rich aroma of mint, and the sugar syrup perfectly smoothes out the sharpness and high strength of the mixture. At the moment, the Mint Julep cocktail is included in the official list of the International Bartenders Association.

Get the recipe here.

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